8 Parks near Palmer, Alaska
Aug 2015 - $5.00
Unlike the other designated camping areas along the Hatcher Pass Road, this is just a parking lot and that's why the rate is only 5$ instead of 15$ like the other places. Right off the Hatcher Pass Road at mile 16 it's an open level and paved parking lot, where you just find your place to park for the night. No amenities except a pit toilet. You can find a threaded water spigot (potable water) at the Gold Mint Trailhead two miles down the road.
Traffic on the road dies down after 8 pm. Then it's absolutely quiet and you can really enjoy the sweeping views around and down the valley towards Palmer. Lots of hiking trails in the area and apparently good berry picking too. We saw many people with full containers returning to their vehicles. - TheSchweitzers
May 2015 - $44.00
We reserved a pull through which was just that, a true pull through but we could not get our camper level plus it was tight with trees so we found a back in site that was more level. Street noise is constant during the day and thank heavens it slows at night for sleeping otherwise we would be miserable. Spots are tight. We had a converted bus next to us that appeared to be parked there for quite a while, which leads me to my next statement. It was not your typical "vacation RV park" more like a RV park for longer term rentals. We were the only rentals that I could tell with others clearly set for the summer. There is a storage facility for your rig if you need it but it makes for a "dumpier" atmosphere. If you want to get a better view use the sites near the lake. We left each day for our day trips and returned at night so we didn't need the view sites. We ate dinner at the clubhouse the first night, cooked by a resident Hawaiian cooking authentic food -- strange but true but there is a large contingent of Hawaiians in Alaska. Propane is available for purchase which was convenient. Only one washer for the place and one bathroom. At least it was clean. - Theresa as
May 2014 - $38.00
Nice Park overlooking Echo lake. Lots of fun fishing and eating trout. Very friendly staff. Will stay there again. Easy in and out. Got antenna TV. Very good water fill up! - Terry Buholm
Jul 2012 - $32.00
Very friendly staff. Traffic noises as park is very close to highway. Had a pull through spot close to an uphill drive to pull out of. Good for a central location to Palmer, Wasilla, and day trips to Anchorage. We stayed three days - Trucker 2
Jul 2015 - $15.00
One of the designated camping areas on Hatcher Pass Road. This is the parking lot for the Gold Mint Trail, accessible from a hairpin turn at mile 14. It's all paved, level and about hundred meters set back from the road. The 'sites' are the parking spaces on the right side where the picnic tables and fire pits are. Pit toilets at the trailhead. Threaded water spigot to fill up fresh water on the opposite side of the parking lot. Nice views in the mountains surrounding the site. Very quiet. The whole area allows recreational gold panning so try it in the creek right besides the Gold Mint Trail. Independence Mine is a few miles further up the road. Plenty of trails in the area. - TheSchweitzers
Jul 2015 - $0.00
This is a free camping area on the banks of Knik River. Drive the Old Glenn Highway out of Palmer. The access to the public use area is on the right just before crossing the bridge over the river. It's all gravel and a little rough to drive in but there is plenty of room to park so don't be afraid to bring your big rig. Some shady spots are taken by seasonals but again, there is so much room to find a spot somewhere on the river banks. No amenities whatsoever, you need to be fully self contained. It's a mixture of beach feeling and gorgeous views of the mountains across the river. Some noise from the highway and ATVs that locals like to drive around. It was quiet at night though. We will come back but avoid the weekends. - TheSchweitzers
Aug 2013 - $15.00
This small campground is combined with an overlook viewing Matanuska Glacier (in the distance). There is a short, easy one-mile nature hike from the overlook that is pleasant. In addition to the campground some guide books report that you can stay in the parking lot of the overlook for $10 per night. We saw no evidence of this possibility with any of the signage, but there were also no “no-camping” signs and folks did stay there. However, this is just parking-lot camping. The campground is pleasant enough with good separation and vegetation between sites. Sites have a picnic table and fire ring. There is not a host, so purchasing firewood is not an option in the campground. Note that there is not a view of the glacier or anything else from the campground. It is right beside the highway, so there is quite a bit of road noise, but it quiets down at night. Most sites are fairly level but short. It would be a stretch to park anything longer than around 30 or so feet. The only water source is a hand-operated water pump, so filling your tank is not a possibility, and there is no dump station. There is a vault toilet. Our Verizon phone had one bar in the campground and three at the overlook. Our Verizon data port did not work. Satellite is not possible because of tree cover. This is OK for an overnight park, but not a destination park. - TheJim
Sep 2010 - $15.00
This is a small campground but well maintained gravel road and sites with picnic table and fire pit. I did not use the toilet and the water pump warned to boil the water. There was no dump or fresh water for refill. The sites are wooded and fairly private. It is located beside the rest area overlook of Matanuska Glacier where there is a short hiking path to view the glacier. The sites were large enough for our 30' RV. The vistas in the area are breathtaking off the Glenn Highway near Palmer. - jbumpus
Jul 2012 - $15.00
This park continues to be excellent for what it provides. Lacking sewer and water knocks it down two notches. Otherwise it is a 10 for NICE manicured grassy spots. Beautiful landscaping. Pick your own Rhubarb, Raspberries, etc. Nice new tables. No fire rings but can go to the adjacent park and have one. Nice park for the kiddies. Restrooms were clean but need new paint on the floor to tidy it up. - easydoesit
Jun 2011 - $15.00
This park was an excellent value and quite attractive. The grounds were very well maintained with flower beds and neatly mowed lawns. The gently sloping sites were grass and generously spaced. The only hook-up was 30 amp electric but potable water and a sanitary dump station were available. The shower and restrooms were worn and just OK but clean enough to use. Good signals were available for AT&T phone and data service; several television stations were available via antenna. We would happily stay here again. - never settled
Aug 2010 - $15.00
Very nice municipal park. Electric hookup sites in open grassy area next to local park with playground. Grassy sites have some leveling challenges. Non-electric sites in forested area with good privacy. Under a small airport approach, but not much traffic. A few short hiking trails that need some maintenance. Clean restrooms. No WiFi, but reasonable 3G coverage. We'd certainly stay here again. - panafoot
Jul 2015 - $34.00
Nice park off the beaten path. Pull through was pretty level and the people were very nice. Has nice mountain views and even saw a mother and baby moose near the entrance. Not to hard to find and not very far from town which all the services you could want. Easy to get in to your site and into the park. Very quiet at night. Would stay here again. - Bud in Florida
Jul 2015 - $36.00
Rate shown includes charge for 1 extra person. Site was a gravel pull-through and not level. Grass between the sites. One area near the road had all grass sites. Table was at site. No fire rings, but there was a big one near the office. All pull-throughs past the office were on a upward slope. All utilities worked fine. No cable TV, but around 10 channels off the air. Wi-Fi was very weak and slow. Bathrooms and laundry were clean, but dated and worn. I would consider another park next time if in the area. - Onemoretrail
Jun 2015 - $34.00
We found Mountain View RV Park at the right time on our long journey around Alaska; when we wanted a break from the hustle and bustle of driving everywhere, seeing everything with everyone. Mt. View is off the main road and is very quiet. Being able to sit back and listen to the winds blow through the trees while watching clouds cross the sky with mountains in the view is what I like.
Most of the season you get to pick your site, if you play your cards right you could end up with an empty lot next to you! Otherwise, yes, lots are close together, but then most of the folks we've seen come through are using this as a 1 night stop before pushing on the next day.
Roadways are gravel but sites are grass/gravel. Because the property is at the base of the mountains, there is a slope through the campground. Some sites might experience more of an issue than others, or because of popularity with overnighters, some sites have deeper wear grooves from tires so you may need to use a block to level.
One reason we chose Mt View was they offered Free showers. The bathrooms here are en suites - toilet, sink and shower in each room. Lots of Hot Water and good water pressure in the showers.
Most sites are FHU 30amp pull thru - permanent campers are in the back ins. Free WiFi - antenna is in main building so it doesn't reach to all areas of campground. Also if lots of people are using WiFi, it slows down. We were able to get good signal for our Verizon hotspot.
If you want to get the better views of the mountains, choose a campsite down closer to the office, but if you want fewer neighbors, take a site near the top of the hill on the far path. And if someone parks their rig next to yours and blocks you view of the mountain through the window, take your chair outside to enjoy.
Campground brochure says no a/c or heaters, but no one came by to tell us not to use our a/c on the hot days we were here - nor did they tell anyone else not to. - yesmar
Aug 2014 - $30.00
This is an adequate campground located just outside Palmer near the fairgrounds. The entrance is a bit of a mess with big rocks and pot holes. We had a 50 amp pull thru with FHUs. Site was narrow and close to neighbors. Some long term residents were there but sites were not messy. Verizon cell and mifi worked well. We did not use the laundry or bathhouse so cannot comment on price or condition. Manager was friendly but not on site parts of the day. Anchorage is an easy drive and Palmer provides an alternative to the over priced, cramped campgrounds in Anchorage. We would stay here again. - roadking
Jul 2014 - $30.00
This is a small park about 45 miles from Anchorage. Sites are long enough we could park our tow behind. Site was level, WiFi good and water pressure was good. We would stay here again. - Grammy8
Jul 2013 - $30.00
More spacious than most in Alaska. Lots of grass, but few trees (they are only in the part without full hookups). Strong WiFi (a "must" for us), but office is largely unattended and we had to ask other campers to find out the password. All-in-all a pleasant campground. We would definitely stay here again. - Citellus